Ten great reasons to visit Wells
PUBLISHED: 13:13 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:17 07 August 2013
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With its vast expanses of golden sand, its dunes perfect for a picnic and of course the iconic multi-coloured wooden beach huts standing proud in the sun, there are few better places to while away the day than Wells beach.
Take a trip on the charming Wells and Walsingham Light Railway through the picturesque north Norfolk countryside. The miniature railway has its own unique Garratt locomotive – Norfolk Hero, and is said to be the longest line of its type in the world.
The Buttlands is a lovely place to escape the hustle bustle. Old buildings packed with character, including pubs and hotels like The Crown and The Globe Inn, circle the pretty, peaceful green. It is a popular place to eat, relax and enjoy a drink in the summer.
Wells’ bustling quay is a haven for crabbing, with the young and old lining the edge in anticipation of a catch. Watch - or have a go yourself, there are plenty of places to buy the crabbing kit of bacon, a line and a bucket. Enjoy some fish and chips or some fresh seafood while you watch the tide come and go to the jangling sounds of the boats’ masts.
When it comes to shopping, Wells has a fantastic array of independent boutiques, butchers, delis and greengrocers - think Arthur Howells Butchers, Simply Norfolk, Mermaid’s Purse, Beachcomber and Catesby’s. Pick up quirky coastal inspired pieces for your home or fantastic fashion, with popular labels mixing with vintage one off pieces and new designers.
From traditional fish and chips and freshly caught crab, to high-end dining and sumptuous pub food with a strong emphasis on locally sourced seasonal produce. Wells has become a popular food destination with delights including Wells Deli and Wells Crab House Cafe.
Wells has long been a muse for artists and photographers alike. The town has several galleries, including Art Next the Sea, Gallery Plus, The Staithe Gallery and Saltmarsh Coast Gallery, and in many of the shops you can pick up original work by Norfolk artists at affordable prices.
A few minutes drive away, or a leisurely walk along the sand, is the magnificent Holkham Estate. The wild, expansive beach is regularly named one of the best in the country and the park has its own museum, magnificent stately home, shops and eateries.
Wells carnival celebrations starts at the end of July and as well as a colourful parade, events include a fun run, live music, a sandcastle competition and even a fantastic outdoor cinema night at the Buttlands.
For some old-fashioned seaside fun, take the miniature railway from the quay to the beach where you will find a nine-hole pitch and putt course and the leisure complex Abraham’s Bosom – named after a historic reference to the area by Jewish Merchants. There you will find trampolines, a natural lake, boating and crazy golf.